Exactly thirty-nine years ago, Ferdinand Marcos, the infamous dictator, signed the declaration of Martial Law. He ruled the country with an iron hand for about 20 years. The declaration under Proclamation 1081 suspended the civil rights and imposed military authority in the country. It ensured Marcos’ grip on power, in defiance of the constitutional two-term limit for Philippine presidents. The declaration also marked the darkest age in Philippine history. It was during this time that hundreds of Filipinos disappeared, presumably murdered. It was also then that the Marcoses stole the country’s wealth and indulged First Lady Imelda Marcos’ taste for fine jewelry, shoes and associate themselves with the rich and famous.
The documentary entitled “Batas Militar” was filmed to reminisce what had happened in the Philippine history. How Ferdinand Marcos, from being a great leader, turned into a monstrous dictator, how the lives of the Filipinos were affected then, and how his arch-nemeses, Ninoy Aquino led the ‘anti-Marcos’ group sacrificed his life for the country. Ninoy Aquino had to flee the Philippines after having been threatened by Marcos. He might be in America but he continued to be a hero to all the Filipinos and bravely fought against Marcos still. Because of this, Marcos cancelled Aquino’s passport. When Aquino arrived in Manila using his fake passport, he was assassinated, and up until now it has not been given any justice. The death of Ninoy Aquino’s death opened the eyes of most of the Filipinos and took away the fears of the Filipinos. This is when the people had the guts to go against Marcos and thus, EDSA 1 happened. When Marcos asked for a snap election, Corazon Aquino ran for presidency and had the trust of all the Filipinos. The Aquino regime ended the harsh government of Ferdinand Marcos.
Marcos, as what I have found out in the film was extremely intelligent. He took the Bar and topped it while being...